Friday, March 29, 2013

Embellish a little or a lot at Playing in Paradise

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a great week.  The weather has finally warmed up a bit and the snow has started to melt... again.  In these parts, that really means nothing; we just enjoy it while it lasts.

Friday has rolled around again and so has a new Playing in Paradise challenge!  This week, the talented Nina is hosting and she has chosen 'embellish a little or a lot' as the theme.  You can make anything you like using any supplies you fancy and there is always a fab prize up for grabs.  I hope you'll join in!

I thought I would make a little basket for my son to collect all the yummy little eggs the bunny leaves for him on Easter morning.  I was going for embellish a lot, but I think I fell a little short.  Hubby thinks it is a little too girly :(   Oh, well - I love how it turned out regardless, and kiddo is only three - so he is still blissfully unaware that he is supposed to pretend not to like flowers... especially the pink ones.

Since this is going to get some real egg hunting use, I made the handles from grunge paper covered in designer paper to make them a little more durable.  The handles pivot, and before attaching the brads, I reinforced the little holes on the basket with eyelets, so hopefully they will hold up.

The entire basket is made from one sheet of DP.  There are many tutorials for this type of basket on the web.  I changed mine up a bit by scoring five lines at one inch intervals to give it a rounder shape.


Image - Wee stamps by Whimsy stamped with black Stazon on 300g hot pressed watercolour paper and coloured with Distress inks (black soot, tattered rose, walnut stain, pine needles, peacock feathers, victorian velvet, scattered straw, antique linen, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade)

Paper - My Mind's Eye DP, Bazzill card for mat, Tim Holtz grunge paper, painted with a thin coat of white acrylic paint to de-grunge it a bit.

Other - flowers by Pretty Petals, Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge for the image and mat, baker's twine, charm from stash, American Crafts pastel pearl brads, recycled ribbon and fabric.

If you are looking for more inspiration, be sure to pop by the Playing in Paradise challenge to see the beautiful creations the team has made.  Then pull out a couple or a heap of embellishments and join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I love reading them and having the chance to visit you too.  I have to confess, I am shamefully behind with visiting at the moment (had a yucky sinus infection this week) but am feeling better today and I will catch up with everyone over the weekend.

Have a wonderful Easter!  Hugs,



Inkypinkydelights said...

This is fabulous Dawn. I love these images, and you have really done it justice. Happy Easter to you. Judy x

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is so beautiful Dawn. I love the basket design, cute image and gorgeous flowers. I am sure your son will be thrilled to use this to put all his collected eggs into.
I hope you are feeling loads better soon and Wishing you a Happy Easter
Hugs Sue xx

walchowDesign said...

Lovely basket, Dawn! The scoring on the basket gives a fabric look!

~Tammy~ said...

Dawn, this is gorgeous!!! This couldn't be any more perfect for Easter!!! It's so beautifully embellished too! Gor-jus!!!!

Craftdee said...

It's gorgeous, Dawn, such a cute image so beautifully coloured with lovely embellies :-) I think you're quite right not to push those conventions on to a three year old... all that "what's allowed" comes soon enough. Hope your little man has a great time at his Easter Egg Hunt, only my youngest (at 28!!) is participating this year (along with hubby and my 84 year old parents!) as my eldest is staying in hospital with his wife who had twins yesterday - we'll miss them as she's usually the most competitive, lol. Donna xx

fairyrocks said...

This is such an adorable little basket. Very inventive. Keep smiling and creating

Linda Pekrul said...

Oh gosh, this is just ADORABLE! If I wasn't packing up today to go away for Easter, I would have to sit down and make a couple for my grand-kids. LOL. Such a cute idea and such fun your little one is going to have collecting his goodies in it. My grandson is 3 also, isn't that just the sweetest age! Glad you're feeling better now. Happy Easter!

mixamatoasties said...

What a lovely basket Dawn. I tried making one of these but it just looked rubbish!

Happy Easter.

Susan xx

Jessi Fogan said...

I'm glad you're feeling better, Dawn - sinus infections are so miserable!
What a cute project - stick your tongue out & pbthhhhtp your hubby for me, I think this is SWEET for your little man! So cool that it's both practical & gorgeous! Happy Easter :)

Dora said...

Wow Dawn this is stunning, I love your little basket and all the detail, colours and flowers. The image is so cute too ... everything is boootiful here, love it :) xx
Wishing you a Happy Easter. Hugs xx

Ira Huberts said...

Awesome Easter basket Dawn! The image goes wonderfully together with it, so pretty!! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, Happy Easter, take care, Ira x

Donna Ellis said...

Your basket is wonderful, and perfect for a little boy's Easter adventures - but I think you should make another one, a little frillier, for your husband LOL I like that you have made it sturdy. Beautiful watercoloring, and a marvelous grouping of embellies, right down to the squigglies and charm. Happy Easter, Dawn!

Bea und Doreen said...

fabby basket Dawn - looks amazing
Big hugs
Doreen xx

Notes by Nina said...

Adorable basket Dawn, I love the super cute image. The little bunch of flowers is perfect :).

Ira Huberts said...

Hi Dawn, first of all thanks for being a new follower of my blog and your sweet comment, so appreciated! I wanted to follow your back, but for some odd reason google didn't let me, but it just did! Look forward to seeing your new creations! Hugs, Ira xox

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Absolutely adorable, I love the shape of your basket and the image is so cute
Lindsay xx